PHILADELPHIA - After starting the spring season in Tuscaloosa, the University of Pennsylvania women's tennis team will host it's fourth of five consecutive matches at the Hecht Tennis Center on Saturday against Albany.
The Quakers have enjoyed their home court, winning all three matches at Hecht in 2016, including a 4-1 triumph over No. 57 Old Dominion. Kana Daniel and Sonya Lateycheva have led the Quakers, both earning three wins on the year. Daniel is unbeaten so far in 2016.
SCOUTING ALBANY: The Great Danes are 3-2 on the season with wins over Rhode Island, Marist and UConn. Albany competed twice last weekend, with a win over UConn and a loss to Cornell.
THE SERIES WITH ALBANY: This will be the second ever meeting between Penn and Albany with last season's contest marking the first time the two sides had ever met. Penn won that match 4-3 at Hecht.
LAST TIME OUT AGAINST ALBANY: Earning its third straight victory to begin the spring season, the University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team defeated Albany, 4-3, inside the Hecht Tennis Center. Penn (3-0) picked up its third straight doubles point, winning the top two matches versus the Great Danes (3-2). Junior Sonya Latycheva and sophomore Kana Daniel collected a 6-2 win playing in the top spot, while the freshmen duo of Ria Vaidya and Lina Qostal won 6-3 in the second position. Latycheva, Daniel, and Vaidya would also find success in singles play, with Daniel clinching the fourth poinin helping lead the Quakers to victory. Playing in the No. 1 singles position, Latycheva defeated Albany’s Dajana Ognjenovic 6-4, 6-2. In the second spot, Daniel picked up a 6-3, 6-3 victory, while Vaidya won 6-1, 6-2 in the fifth position.
FAMILIAR FOE: Penn may have only seen Albany once before, but the Great Danes' head coach Gordon Graham is no stranger to Ivy League tennis. Graham led the Harvard tennis program for 17 years before heading to Upstate New York in 2012. While at Harvard, Graham compiled a 239-152 record that featured nine Ivy titles. He also led the Crimson to the No. 9 ranking in the ITA, the highest ever ranking of any Ivy League school in men's or women's tennis.
ROLLING ALONG: The Quakers have been on a roll lately with three consecutive wins. They've done so in dominant fashion as well, only allowing opponents to take two matches in the past three outings.